|Music of Leo Ornstein|
In this program, recorded on December 10, 1972 at the Berkley Piano Club in Berkeley California, pianist Michael Sellers performs a number of works by Leo Ornstein. In addition to playing the complete Poems of 1917, Sellers also performs three selections from Ornstein’s nine part Arabesques. The selections heard are No. 3, Chant of Hindoo Priests; No. 1, The Isle of Elephants; and No. 5, A Melancholy Landscape...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; 20th Century Classical; Leo Ornstein
|Morning Concert: In Honor of Leo Ornstein’s 95th Birthday|
On December 11, 1987 Leo Ornstein, one of the most important composer-pianists of the 20th century,celebrated his 95th birthday at his home in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In this program, Charles Amirkhanian takes a look at the career of this remarkable path-breaking musician whose early piano compositions, and performances of the most radical European composers of the day, shocked audiences throughout the U...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Leo Ornstein; Music; Interview; 20th Century Classical
|Morning Concert: Leo Ornstein - An 88th Birthday Tribute|
Charles Amirkhanian celebrates the 88th birthday of American composer Leo Ornstein with a special concert devoted to his music. Born in Kremenchug Russia, on December 11, 1892, (or Dec. 2, 1893) he moved to the United States in 1907. His antics as a pianist, including his introducing to concert audiences around 1910 a brand of composing previously unknown, brought him a reputation as a fiery radical of the keyboard...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; New Music; Leo Ornstein
|A Tribute to Leo Ornstein|
Charles Amirkhanian narrates this tribute to the amazing but neglected Leo Ornstein, who was perhaps America's most radical composer and pianist of the 1910s and 1920s. Ornstein never recorded any of his own works, but continued working in obscurity on his own compositions after his retirement from the concert stage in 1928. The program includes premier performances of Ornstein works by pianist Michael Sellers.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Documentary; New Music; 20th Century Classical; Leo Ornstein
|Other Minds Festival: OM 8, Concert 2: Morning in the Woods by Leo Ornstein - Other Minds|
In tribute to Leo Ornstein, who passed away at the age of 108 or 109, just a couple of weeks prior this OM 8 concert held on March 8, 2002, pianist Sarah Cahill added this selection to the end of that evening’s program. “Morning in the Woods” was composed in 1971. The composer’s wife recalls that the piece was composed “in our New Hampshire hideaway, deep in the woods on the edge of the large wilderness.” It is typical of a vast number of compositions Ornstein wrote in his seventies ...
Keywords: Other Minds Festival; OM 8; Leo Ornstein; Music; New Music; piano music; Sarah Cahill
|Speaking of Music: Leo Ornstein|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Leo Ornstein over the phone, while Martha Anne Verbit and Marvin Tartak play a number of his compositions for the piano. Charles is also joined by Ornstein's son Severo as well as Andrew Imbrie. Also heard are a couple of video clips including an interview between Ornstein and Vivian Perlis.
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; New Music; Leo Ornstein